Charlie Adam and Gary Neville had slammed the Swiss forward for his performances during his final season at Stoke, where the club were relegated from the Premier League
Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri has insisted his “conscience is clear” following criticism of his apparently ‘poor attitude’ at former club Stoke City.
The Swiss star was the Potters’ top scorer and goal provider last season, however, his eight goals and seven assists could not prevent the club from being relegated from the Premier League.
His inconsistency on the pitch led to criticism from Gary and Phil Neville, who labelled him “unprofessional” and “a disgrace”.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam also stuck the boot into his former team-mate, telling talkSPORT Shaqiri was one of the ‘so-called big players’ who ‘got away with murder’ at the bet365 Stadium last season.
He added that the 26-year-old was one of the players who ‘never turned up and never performed’ when the club needed them in their relegation fight.
But Shaqiri, who has moved to Anfield in a £13million deal, has said he is unconcerned by the bad press.
He told several national newspapers: “They were Man United players – maybe they don’t like Liverpool. I don’t know, it could be.
“Some people like you, some don’t. I’ve played three years in the Premier League. I’ve proved I can play in this league.
“I was the top scorer in the team with goals and assists. For me, my conscience is clear and I don’t have to comment any more on this.”
Shaqiri is expected to make his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt in the Reds’ final pre-season game against Manchester United on Saturday.